We’ve seen the cover, we’ve debated the choice of dress and we’ve tried to decipher what exactly it means for Vogue Paris’ new direction under Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt. Phew! Thankfully, Mlle Alt has shared a few more details on what else to expect from the Topshop-jeans-wearing, exercise-hater, driving-enthusiast and her magazine and it’s enough to keep the intrigue running!
She kick-started her Vogue Paris reign with a supermodel (Gisele) and she may well continue with the super-est of them all! Alt revealed she recently styled Kate Moss for an haute couture shoot here in London, photographed for the May issue by the ace duo, Mert and Marcus. It only seems natural that Mossy would get the cover too. Fashion-wise, Emmanuelle did not stick to the list of usual suspects; yes, there was Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Chanel and Madonna-favourite Alexandre Vauthier but a design from Julien Fournie, a relatively unknown designer, caught her eye in the last minute and in it went. ‘It was a coup de coeur’, she told The Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander.
Supporting young designers seems to be high on Alt’s to-do list (and we imagine there’s quite a lot on there already like, keep Vogue Paris as the definition of Parisian cool and the sales figures high). ‘I will try even more to support young designers. I like to keep my curiosity up. The industry is always waiting, begging for a name. But it is rare to find a big trésor, so you must keep looking.’
Who else does the woman that catapulted Balmain under Christophe Decarnin and Isabel Marant to international fame – and appeared to have done so with relative ease and typical nonchalance – have her eye on right now? Bouchra Jarrar, Alexandre Vauthier, Anthony Vaccarello – ‘I think he has a big future’ - Julien Fournie, of course but also Maxime Simoens, Olympia Le Tan (read our Q&A with her here), Haider Ackermann and Damir Doma. Quite the impressive list, don’t you think?
-- Kiki Georgiou